LeBron James is heading into his 20th NBA season next month. We’ve seen the LeBron 20 on social media all summer through off-season workouts and AAU games. With the season on the horizon, official images of the “Time Machine” colorway and its drastic shift in look and design have surfaced.
Immediately, the colorway evokes the “South Beach” vibes with its combination of light mint green on the upper and a pink outsole, while a splash of orange accentuates the eyelets. A graphic on the midsole near the toebox sneaks in even more detail, with “Chosen 1” hidden in the filigree. The most notable change is the height of the shoe, LeBron has opted for heavier, mid-top sneakers for most of his career, but the LeBron 20 is a vast departure with its much lower and lighter build.
The LeBron 20 returns to the knit construction that James has been so fond of as of late for ultimate breathability and foot mobility. A carbon fiber midfoot shank adds support while Zoom Air in the forefoot and heel add cushioning. The lateral side features double stacked Swoosh, with the topmost Swoosh being iridescent and XX dubraes on the laces, both symbolizing the King’s 20-year career. LeBron branding on the heel and outsole complete the look.
“We saw the XX as a chance to celebrate the next 20 years for LeBron,” says Jason Petrie, Senior Footwear Designer for Men’s Basketball and lead designer of the LeBron line since the Zoom LeBron VII. “The stitched tag inside the tongue says, ‘Designed and Engineered to the Exact Specifications of the Next Generation.’ We took that line seriously as we designed the shoe. We had players like LeBron’s sons Bronny and Bryce in mind. We wanted to get in their heads and learn about what young players were looking for.”
The Nike LeBron 20 “Time Machine” is set to release soon via Nike and select retailers. The retail price has been set at $200.
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